Graduates

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Truly love your future, choose an exciting career


Forget any preconceptions you have about the insurance industry and graduate programmes. A graduate role with Zurich gives you a real job, with real responsibility from day one. You’ll also enjoy all the training, support and opportunities you need to put you well on your way to a successful career with us.

Our graduate programme is perfect if you're ready to challenge yourself in a world-leading global insurer.

We have a real focus on our people and culture, and a desire to make a difference to our customers and the communities in which we work. This is a diverse workplace with a number of employee network groups.

It's this commitment to a supportive and approachable culture that's seen us named one of the 'Sunday Times Best Big Companies to Work For'

Our 2016 Graduate Programmes are now closed to new applications

Contact us

If you have any questions about the Graduate Programme please email:

earlycareers@zurich.com

or call us on:

0207 832 8430

When you love something, don't you want to protect it in the best way?


Claire Oakley, on the General Management graduate scheme and Tim Ellis, on the Finance graduate scheme talk about their experience with Zurich.

To find out about all of our graduate schemes, as well as watch video profiles from more of our graduates please select from the list below.

Entry requirements


We are now closed for graduate applications for our roles beginning in September 2016. Select from the above to find out more about our Graduate Programmes.

  • At least a 2:1 degree, or the equivalent, and at least 280 UCAS points, or the equivalent

  • Flexibility on location, as some of our businesses require you to work at different sites

Rewards and Benefits


At Zurich you’ll be rewarded with benefits that are both competitive and flexible and can be adapted to any stage of your life. You’ll receive a competitive package with added flexible options which allow you to move your holiday up or down, add dental cover, season ticket loans, healthcare cash plans and more.

  • Starting salary £26,500
  • An annual performance related bonus
  • 22 days annual leave (rising to 25 days after 3 years)
  • A full study support package and mentoring
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Relocation assistance (up to £600 net)
  • Opportunities to complete community and charity work
  • Private medical cover contributions
  • A wide range of retail and insurance discounts for you and your friends and family
  • Flexible benefits – dental cover, cycle to work scheme, season ticket loans, buy or sell holiday entitlement and childcare vouchers
  • London weighting allowance

Want to apply?

As you would expect, we have a thorough selection process to ensure we’re able to recruit top talent. Here you’ll find the four stages which we aim to complete within four to six weeks.

Stage 1: Online application form and values based assessment

Your first step will be to fill in an online application form. This gives you the chance to tell us a bit more about yourself and why you're interested in a career at Zurich. You will need to answer four open-ended questions about your motivations and expectations as well as some behaviour questions about the approach you’ve taken within specific situations.

Please bear in mind that your assessment will be based on these answers, so it's important to provide well considered and detailed responses. Should you progress, you may be queried on these in the next stages of the process, so make sure you give it the necessary focus!

Next you will need to complete our values based assessment test, where you’ll be asked to choose between different approaches to situations at work. As the values based assessment is an integral part of the selection process, please be advised that your application will only be reviewed once you have completed this stage of the process. Please note: it is only possible to complete this test once, so if you are interested in applying for more than one programme or business function, please contact us to discuss.

Stage 2: Online critical thinking and numerical reasoning tests

These tests will measure your ability to understand information presented to you in different formats. They take between 15 and 30 minutes each, so make sure you clear plenty of time and that the environment you work in is free from distractions.

The numerical reasoning test will assess your ability to accurately evaluate and interpret numerical data which may be presented in tables or graphs. An ability to work with numerical data or to make accurate and speedy decisions based on figures and stats is important in most of our roles. The critical thinking test is designed to measure how you recognise assumptions, evaluate arguments and draw conclusions from verbal information.

Stage 3: Telephone interview

During the 45-minute telephone interview we will ask motivational and competency-based questions. We'll also discuss your understanding of the role you've applied for and your general interest in Zurich and the insurance industry. Before the interview, make sure you prepare by re-visiting your application form and researching our company values and the services and products we provide. You can find out about Zurich Values here.

Stage 4: Assessment centres

During this comprehensive one day assessment you'll meet members of the Zurich team and current graduates. The day will consist of two interviews, a case study analysis presentation, a group exercise and an in-tray exercise.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about Zurich and to meet various representatives from the business.

Note to all candidates who are interested in applying for more than one business function:

You are only eligible to submit one application, so if you are interested in applying for more than one graduate opportunity, please contact us to talk through this before applying.

Note to all international students:

We accept applications from international candidates. We will be assessing every application on a case-by-case basis. When you apply, please ensure that you are aware of your own employment status as you will be required to provide details.

Make your application

Applications for our 2016 Graduate Programmes are now closed

Change management - 2016 applications now closed

Finance & accounting - 2016 applications now closed

Actuarial - 2016 applications now closed

General management - 2016 applications now closed

Technology - 2016 applications now closed

Risk engineering - 2016 applications now closed

Life investments scheme - 2016 applications now closed


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